Proper Layout and Component Selection Controls EMI News & Analysis 9/30/2003 Post a comment Understanding the physics of voltage-regulator topologies is important when designing power systems for EMI and EMC compliance. In particular, the physical principles behind switching regulators (buck, boost, flyback, and SEPIC topologies) guide component choice, magnetics design, and PC board layout. Parasitic elements such as leakage inductance, ESR, and ESL are significant when optimizing circuit performance.
Garmin GPSMap 76S: Sensory overload Teardown 9/29/2003 Post a comment Besides a GPS longitude-latitude position indicator, the GPSMAP from Garmin is an altimeter electronic compass. It has specialized magnetic sensors, and a variety of ICs from suppliers like Cirrus Logic, Fairchild, Linear Technology, and Maxim. David Carey opens the case to show what's inside.
Samsung, Toshiba merge optical disk operations News & Analysis 9/29/2003 Post a comment By agreeing last week to combine their optical disk businesses into a joint venture, Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and Japan's Toshiba Corp. hope to cut their operating costs and maintain a competitive edge in a market saddled with severe pricing pressures.
Magnetic components sector pulls upward News & Analysis 9/29/2003 Post a comment Rising demand and a sales uptick have analysts believing that the magnetic components market may be headed for stabilizing prices, restored profits, and tighter inventories the remainder of the year.
Broadcom aims two chips at STB, TV market News & Analysis 9/29/2003 Post a comment Broadcom Corp. last week extended its presence in the market for set-top-box and TV electronics with the introduction of the BCM3405 multichannel low-noise amplifier (LNA) and BCM-3418 analog cable tuner.
Dropping anchor News & Analysis 9/29/2003 Post a comment While highly competitive pricing for electromechanical switches and relays is good news for OEMs, U.S. suppliers of the devices are struggling to achieve profits while vying for shrinking orders.
STMicroelectronics sets sights on China News & Analysis 9/29/2003 Post a comment Refusing to be outdone by competing integrated device manufacturers or made outmoded by pure-play foundries, STMicroelectronics N.V. last week sketched an ambitious manufacturing strategy designed to keep the company at the near-bleeding edge of chip- makers.
AMD throws 64-bit challenge at Intel News & Analysis 9/29/2003 Post a comment In a bold attempt to leapfrog Intel Corp., Advanced Micro Devices Inc. last week introduced a family of 64-bit processors for mainstream PCs that it hopes will mark the beginning of the end for 32-bit computing.
Wafer prices on the move, FSA reports News & Analysis 9/29/2003 Post a comment Fabless semiconductor companies and integrated device manufacturers (IDMs) are facing sticker shock as foundries, emboldened by rising plant utilization and improving demand, have begun hiking wafer prices in a bid to recoup their investments.
CD-quality car radios closer to realization News & Analysis 9/29/2003 Post a comment The move toward CD-quality car radios gained momentum last week, as Kenwood Corp. delivered the first HD Radio tuner and Philips Semiconductors said it will roll out a new chip that could help cut the cost of entry into the fledgling market.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.